Thursday, 21 January, 2021


Former Illawarra Hawk now youngest National Basketball Association player to achieve Triple-Double

LaMelo Ball was third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft LISTEN 2 HOURS AGO La Melo Ball was third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft
Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2021, 06:15

Ball, the third overall pick in this year's draft, retained a level head after achieving something he thinks he will only take stock of in retirement.

Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic suffered an avulsion fracture in his right knee with associated soft tissue inflammation and a bone bruise in Saturday night's game at the Charlotte Hornets.

Not only did he reach that statistical threshold, he made history in the process.

He became the second rookie to notch a triple-double in Hornets history, joining Kemba Walker.

At 19 years and 140 days old, Ball surpassed Markelle Fultz (19 years and 317 days) to claim the record with his 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He ended the night with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Hornets prevailed 118-110 and LaMelo nearly tallied a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. He had six blocks against the Hawks as the Hornets got back to.500 on the season.

Ball tied his highest scoring night on 9-of-13 shooting from the field as the Hornets handed the struggling Hawks their fourth straight loss.

'I live my life and I know what I´m capable of, so stuff like (this) doesn't move me like that, ' Ball said. "I know that's supposed to happen", he said.

Instead of attending the collegiate ranks due to eligibility issue with the NCAA, Ball headed down under to play with the Illawarra Hawks from Australia's NBL during his gap year before he could declare for the NBA Draft. Gordon Hayward led Charlotte with 44 points, and John Collins paced Atlanta with 23 points. Being the youngest of the 3 Ball brothers, LaMelo would have had a lot of people to play ball with always, and rebounding is a must if you got to win the match. You don't know when it's coming. He only averaged 10.3 points in 20 minutes in his first four games.

Friday, in New Orleans, Ball came one assist short of a triple-double against the Pelicans and his older brother, Lonzo.

Rick Bonnell has covered the Charlotte Hornets and the National Basketball Association for the Observer since the expansion franchise moved to the Queen City in 1988.

"He's not rattled by the moment", said Borrego.

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